From Beach Clean-Ups To PhD Graduations: What Gen.T Honourees Got Up To Last Week

By Heidi Yeung

Whether they’re taking care of the planet or themselves, our honourees show us it’s important to care about something and give it your 100 percent

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What you can’t see is the rubbish people leave behind on the beach (Photo: Instagram/Bryan McClelland)
Cover  What you can’t see is the rubbish people leave behind on the beach (Photo: Instagram/Bryan McClelland)

Furry helpful beach clean-up assistants

The work of an environmentalist like Bryan McClelland never ends. While his focus is on building a more sustainable future with bamboo, when other areas of environmental preservation needs help McClelland just canine turn a blind eye. Luckily, he has plenty of help from his “Beach PAWtroll” pals-slash-furbabies.

McClelland, of Bamboo Innovation Group Foundation, shared a slideshow on Tuesday highlighting how much rubbish is left on a beach at Ligtasin Cove in Batangas City, Philippines. He managed to fill at least three huge bags with litter which included glass and plastic bottles and metal cans. 

“Picking up other peoples’ trash always pisses me off, but I’ll never stop doing it,” McClelland wrote on his Instagram post. “My hope is that one day we will create and live in a society that appreciates and takes care of our environment.”

Wandering about Bali

Indonesian-Malaysian designer Jasmine Tabalujan Chong shared a sizzle reel from her Bali trip on Instagram, and showed off her brand’s new Pomelo Bag in bright fuchsia.

In another post she said she’s “kept it simple in Bali the last 2 weeks working on my side project @celestiayacht”. She joked about how much her dainty purse can carry: “In the last photo, the Pomelo is carrying: a swimsuit, film camera, wallet, passport, hotel key card, lipstick, sunglasses and mints.”

Not slowing down any time soon

To add to a long list of achievements that includes owning a watch company, being CFO of a craft beer distribution firm, investing in a local digital marketing agency and working as a journalist at one point, Brian Poe Llamanzares now has a PhD.

“Looking up towards the future”, the Filipino honouree wrote on Instagram. “What an honor to have graduated with my doctorate in public administration! You may now call me Doc Chief.”

Congratulations, Brian!

No excuses

Thanchanok Ritnaka is up for a workout, come rain, hail or shine.

The Thai fitness influencer, affectionately known as Bebe to her fans, shared a video of her boxing session with trainer Winyuu on Monday, captioning it, “boxing in the rain”.

In another post, she demonstrated a boxing drill that she made look easy ... it probably wouldn’t be if we tried to do it.

Sun, fun and friends

Malaysian environmental warrior Dzaeman Dzulkifli, whose focus is on rainforest preservation, headed to Danum Valley Field Centre with friends for what looks like an awesome camping trip.

“Last weekend we managed to squeeze in a whole load of RAD over such a short time”, Dzaeman captioned a slideshow on Instagram, in which he and his mates can be seen enjoying “sporting, hikes, camp-outs, campfire parties and the highlight of them all, a full day of pack rafting and bike packing!”

In another post he also shared how they camped and chilled out in the great outdoors.

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